Welcome back to our returning students. We hope you enjoyed your summer and are ready for the new academic year. You will find there are still some covid-19 precautionary measures in place in the library and here is a short guide to let you know what has changed and what has stayed the same:
The Library opening hours can be viewed here.
Hand sanitisers are still at library entrances, and sanitizing stations are still positioned throughout libraries.
We are still operating social distancing measures, so some study spaces are unavailable. Where spaces are not in use you will see a cross on the desk and the chair will be covered up.
Group study rooms must be booked using Resource Booker, but individual spaces do not need to be booked.
Our Click and collect service continues, and you can still request books from your home campus.
Books and Lapsafe laptops which have been on loan over the summer will be due back by 1st October. After that, books will have a loan period of up to 4 months providing they are not requested by another user. Lapsafe laptops will be 14-day loans.
From 14th September you will be able to make requests for items that are out on loan.
Soft furnishings have been returned to the libraries allowing social spaces and relaxation spaces to be opened up.
The SCONUL access scheme is set to re-start in November.
If you have any questions, you can contact the library at any time.
By Vivienne Hamilton
It can be both an exciting and a daunting time in your life… starting university! Perhaps you are moving to a new city or accommodation and feeling a whirlwind of different emotions.
University offers you a specific area of study to help pursue your career goals as well as everyday life independence and networking.
Here are some tips below to plan your next steps:
· Talk to friends, family, and colleagues about any concerns or tips for starting university.
· Pack essentials: kitchen accessories and utensils, food, laundry basket, bedding, stationery, laptop, and any other technological devices.
Utensils and Food
· Start a group on Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to get to know your flat or course mates! There is also a freshers page on Instagram you can join for 2021 you can keep up to date with https://www.instagram.com/napierfreshers/?hl=en
· You may also want to think about joining a society and finding people who have the same interests as you: https://www.napierstudents.com/
· Discount!? UNiDAYS and Student Beans offer discount on food, clothing and more. You can find this via the links: https://www.myunidays.com/GB/en-GB https://www.studentbeans.com/uk
Remember you have got this and you can always contact Napier for support too! https://www.napier.ac.uk/about-us/contact-us
You can find more help on starting at university in the link below: https://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/undergraduate/getting-started-at-uni
Due to the Pandemic, both new and current students have had to learn to work in exceptional ways. Remote studying from their homes or student halls.
Students have had to face many social challenges, including being unable to experience the usual thriving campus environment. This has resulted in students reporting that they feel a loss of belonging to a campus community.
To help combat this here are some helpful ways to feel more connected
University societies may be holding online events to enrich your interests and build connections. You can find more information about Edinburgh Napier’s societies by clicking here.
Socialising apps are a great way for freshers to talk with new people
Why not email your professors or lecturers to find out about networking events and professional contacts- they may even need a hand with a project or two!
If you are missing your fitness classes at the gym, or evenings at the cinema… you could join a zoom class or even host a movie night from the sofa of your home!
Get involved in the wider community by volunteering: Napier Volunteering
Develop your skills or career: Napier Careers and Development
By Jemma Lidgard